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ALF Steering Committee Meeting and Program

Thursday, July 30, 2015 -
9:30am to 11:30am PDT
San Francisco Foundation
1 Embarcadero Center #1400, San Francisco, CA
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Join the ALF steering committee for the next business meeting and plan to stay for the Landscape of Fiscal Sponsorship Program! Below are more details about the program and the amazing speakers who will be sharing about their experiences and perspectives on fiscal sponsorship. 

Landscape of Fiscal Sponsorship 
In recent years, leading fiscal sponsors from across the country have worked together to create common definitions and standards of practice, and to make it easier for project founders to find the best fiscal sponsors for their work. This field-building has led to the formation of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors and the national Fiscal Sponsors Directory. Bay Area fiscal sponsors have participated actively in this important work.

Many of us make grants through fiscal sponsors in the course of our work, but when we encounter one that is new to us, do we know what questions to ask? Are we confident about differentiating the sponsors’ responsibilities from those of the project directors?  What are the red flags? How can we advise grantseekers about finding the right fiscal sponsors for their work? When we look at the bigger picture, what role does fiscal sponsorship play in the fields we support? Should we be more grateful while we are being well-informed and vigilant?

To bring new perspectives to the conversation, an array of fiscal sponsors have been invited to speak, including ones that may be less familiar to art funders. Earth Island Institute, for one, focuses specifically on environmental causes. Each has different strengths and approaches and somewhat different perspectives on the role they are playing in the nonprofit ecosystem.


Theresa Fay-Bustillos became CEO of Community Initiatives one year ago. She is the former founder and managing director of Ideal Philanthropy & Sustainability, a global consultancy specializing in strategic planning, measurement, and evaluation for social change-focused philanthropists and in breakthrough sustainability initiatives for the private sector. Theresa is a former vice president, worldwide community and corporate citizenship for Levi Strauss and Co. and the executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Over her eight years there, Theresa led the company’s global sustainability efforts and served as the chief legal officer for the foundation. Since leaving Levi Strauss, Theresa has designed, led or evaluated a number of major philanthropic and multilateral programs in the U.S. and internationally. Theresa received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She began her career as a civil and human rights lawyer. She currently serves on the boards of the California Women’s Foundation, Fair Trade USA, MALDEF, and CREA. She is the former (and founding) board chair for the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, and has been selected as one of the Most Influential Women in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times. Theresa has been commended and recognized in resolutions by the City of Los Angeles, the California Senate, and the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Wayne Hazzard is proud to continue his work with the San Francisco Bay Area dance community as the Executive Director of Dancers’ Group. Also a co-founder of the organization, Hazzard is an Isadora Duncan Award Winner for Sustained Achievement; a leader in the service field who is known for his expertise in fiscal sponsorship and new program development; and a 2015 Gerbode Professional Development Fellow. Before his manifold career in arts management, Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable Bay Area choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group, Margaret Jenkins Dance Co, Ed Mock & Co, June Watanabe; and more. Hazzard has served as an advisor and panelist with such organizations as the Center for Cultural Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, and Dance Advance in Philadelphia.

Susan Kamprath has been working with grassroots and community-based nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.  In 1999, she took over management of Earth Island Institute’s Project Support Program, which today provides fiscal sponsorship, training, technical assistance and a peer-support community to some 65 environmental programs.  Susan sits on the Steering Committee for the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors and serves as an advisor to Global Greengrants Fund.

Geoffrey Link has been executive director of the San Francisco Study Center since 1974 and the Study Center has been serving as a fiscal sponsor since 1975. Geoff is the editor and publisher of Greg Colvin’s Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do it Right, first published in 1993 (a third edition is forthcoming in early 2016). The Study Center created as a nationwide resource in 2008 and will be bringing out a redesigned version—with an “all-out news emphasis”—in the next few months. Among other activities, Geoff has been the editor and publisher of the prize-winning Central City Extra (the Tenderloin neighborhood newspaper) since 2000. In 2011, the Central City Extra was named as the best nondaily newspaper from Sacramento to Salinas  by the Society of Professional Journalists. Geoff Link also received the 2010 Unsung Hearo Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his career as a community journalist. In addition to his community journalism, Geoff has spent 40 years as a copy editor for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle.

Target Audience

These meetings are by invitation only.  To learn more about joining the Arts Loan Fund, please contact Michelle Bermúdez, Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy.

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About the Arts Loan Fund

Since 1981, the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) has provided over 1,000 low-interest, quick turnaround cash flow loans of up to $50,000 to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties, and individual artists in Oakland and San Francisco. 

The Arts Loan Fund is housed at Northern California Grantmakers, and its committee is comprised of NCG members.   The committee meets every six weeks to review loan applications and determine loan awards.